Struggles of a Teacher Person

Struggles of a Teacher Person
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Monday, September 7, 2009


Things have been kind of crazy lately. School has started back. I've discovered facebook. I have gone back to assisting with the cross-country team. Actually, it's more like team mothering. This weekend has been very good. I have had a full weekend with much fun!
Today we went to the SAV to a great shoe store. Fleet Feet was a real treat. I've been wearing a pair of 11s. Today I found out that my size is an 8 1/2 wide. Weird. My 11s aren't that long. Maybe it's for the comfort for my tall-man toe, the second one. Not sure. I've never had a problem with bigger shoe sizes. I'm all about comfort. I want my feet to have their room. Regardless, they did the analysis of my gait and I got to test the shoes on the treadmill. It was pretty awesome! I will go back there for my next pair.

I also got a new Sid Dickens tile.

I already had this one.

And this one too.
I get them at Factor's Cottage in Savannah. Such a SWEET shop full of nice gifts.

Anyway, that was my day today. Maybe more soon?!? Not sure!

Hope all is well with you!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Independence Day

Okay, it's not yet. I just wanted to wish a happy Independence Day to all. I'm not blogging a lot lately, but I am twittering. hepsmom is my twitter name too. If you're a twitterer, check me out. It's private, but if I recognize you from blogland, I'll add and probably follow if you twitter too.

Peace to all!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Family Visitations

Today I got up about 7 a.m. The Child was screaming about a shark or something that was getting Tom and Jerry. I put up some clothes from the dryer. Yes, I let them sit there all night instead of getting them when they were warm and wrinkle-free. I have this as a pattern in my life. Then I got myself together and got out of there around 8:45ish. That was pretty good, for me.

I travelled to my parents home, stayed here (I'm still here.), and then travelled to see my nephew (Also my brother and sis-in-law, but who am I kidding? The one-year old is the main attraction!) We played and rough-housed and napped, among other things. After he wore me out, I came back to the 'rents' house. Momma had made a lovely spaghetti dinner. Nobody chops celery the way I like it like she does.

Then I tried out the new elliptical that she and Diddy bought recently. Diddy scans every Shoppers' Guide within a 100 mile radius and listens to the "Dixie Country Flea Market" on his a radio station that isn't too far away. He's bought cars, boats, and all manner of farm implements. This elliptical, however, is by far his best buy. I did an hour. Diddy was upset by a clicking noise it was making, but it was just a matter of the shifting of the machine. I told him that machines at the gym will make this sound too. Obviously, unbeknownst to me, I am a giant liar and have something to gain from telling this monstrous prevarication?!? Small blip on the radar, I suppose. Everything was fine.

Well, I think I'm going to try to get a shower and go on to bed. I'm tired.


Monday, June 1, 2009

Worked Out and Tired!

Last night I had trouble falling asleep. So, when the alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, you can imagine my dismay. I had a good day, though, with my first day of school. My students are AWESOME. I want to help them AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

I went to the gym and my trainer proceeded to work me out. My shoulders are sore. I HATE working them out. I wonder why it hurts so much. I know if I'd do it more, it wouldn't be as painful and I'd dread it less. I'm not sure though. I think I'd still hate it, but not as much. I keep thinking that one day, I'll have a burning desire to lift weights, but NOT YET! And I really want to. . . really I do.

Eating today could have been better. I am going to do better tomorrow. I made my breakfast berry salad tonight. Should be nice and ready for me to eat in the morning.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Twice in One Week

Who knew? I suppose I'm feeling kind of bloggy this week. I have had a very restful day. I got breakfast at the little dinerette, now serving locally produced eggs. Veggie omelette was super tasty today.

Then I watched a little Gordon Ramsey on the BBC, as I napped/watched.

Then I took a completely unearned nap.

I got up and went to elliptical machine.

I'm thinking about sauteeing a "mess" of squash that the construction teacher from school grew.

I feel splendid. Hope the same is true for you!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Happy Friday!

Hi, kids.

Today is the second day that I've been out of school. I have the weekend and then I'm going back for MORE! That's right, in a moment of poor judgment, I've been convinced to teach summer school. The hours aren't bad and it'll be a good experience, since I get to co-teach with a special education teacher who really "gets it." It's also the first time that I'll be teaching the new GPS curriculum. It is going to be a challenge, but I'm up to it!

My plan is to go to the gym every morning before school. I did a pilot project on this. I get there about 5:05 a.m. and warm up for 5, do 30 of whatever I feel like (maybe walking with incline, running flat, or ellipticizing), and then cool down for 5. It's not that bad and I actually am more awake in the middle of the day. I have made it to school before 7:30 for three days, so it'll work. I'm not doing full make-up anymore, so there's a time savings there. My bangs are now cut, so less messing around with them. It's going to be grand.

Since Snoopy's taken back over the cross-country team, I'm trying to get into shape to run the full 3.1 miles. I am looking forward to this, since right now running 30 minutes is more of a dream than a reality. I'll throw in some running here or there, but it's not really happening right now. I'm working on it, as Middle-Aged Man (I think it was Mike Myers on SNL in the 80s.) used to say.

Still getting in organic foods as much as possible and converted to Burt's Bees products where possible. The lotion is amazing. It's moisturizing without being greasy or sticky. I'm putting the link to the Burt's Bees website, but I get mine at the local Walgreen's. It smells a little odd, but it's very effective.
Enjoyed a lovely oatmeal and latte breakfast at Starbuck's this morning with Dude. I think we're gonna go eat lunch where he works. It's pretty tasty.
I am kind of excited about working for a half day in the morning. That means I'll get up and go to the gym prior to going to school. It IS always helpful to get up before driving to school. But, the thing is, we're through at 11:30, so that'll mean that I have a good portion of the day to perhaps be productive. I want to get a curriculum map set up for each of the classes I'll be teaching this upcoming school year (if we are privy to that info any time soon). I'd also like to get things mapped out for activities and lessons, at least as a guide. If I do this a half-hour or so a day, it'll be done by pre-planning.
Well, lunch awaits, so let me go make a good choice!
Peace and chicken grease!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Something for Me

I am writing this so I can hop on my Blackberry when I'm not feeling my best and see why I'm doing this.

1. Eating well is good. It makes me feel good. I always feel better when I eat only what comes from the ground or what has a mother (paraphrase of Jillian Michaels). She's right on this.

2. Getting proper exercise is absolutely a must. Mustering the "get there" is never easy, but once I start, I am never disappointed that I started my workout.

3. Getting at least six hours of sleep is really a good thing. I get the same amount done regardless of how late I stay up.

4. Spending time at home is a good thing. My nephew and sister really rock.

5. Ditto for spending time with my close friends. It is really nice to have people that you can just be yourself around.

And, for Hippie, the organic food is more expensive because they aren't putting the chemicals that make things prettier, bigger, and more high yielding. They don't sell as much, so it's got to be more expensive. I, as long as I can afford it, will pay it. I can tell a difference in how I feel. Even if it's placebo, and I don't think it is, it's worth it.

Sorry for the completely self-indulgent post.